Huge explosion caused by gas leak rocks Paris

A powerful explosion occurred in the central district of Paris on Saturday morning. Two firefighters have lost their lives and more than 30 were injured, while a suspected gas leak is believed to have caused the blast.

The blast has ripped through the building, shattering windows of several apartments above the bakery.

It is believed the blast destroyed the Hubert bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise.

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Police confirmed that nine people have been seriously injured by the blast.

Pictures and videos posted online show plumes of smoke and flames slowly consuming one of the buildings. Witnesses on the ground say many still need medical assistance.

Police have confirmed “a strong explosion” urging people to keep away from the area and make way for emergency vehicles.